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Opioid Safety After Surgery

At HSS, our goal is to manage postsurgical and chronic pain safely and effectively, while minimizing the risks of opioid use. Before surgery, your surgeon will consult with your clinical team to determine the best approach to pain management for your recovery. When it comes to surgery and opioids: 

  • our surgeons and anesthesiologists are experts in a variety of pain-management treatments and therapies.
  • when possible, we seek to reduce or eliminate patients’ exposure to opioid pain medications before and after surgery.
  • your surgeon may recommend that you have preoperative consultations with other services that specialize in surgical pain management.

View each section below to learn more about how HSS optimizes opioid use for surgical patients and how to use opioids safely, including tapering off and disposing of opioids.

Opioid Prescription Policy

Hospital for Special Surgery prescribes opioid medications conservatively. We do not routinely prescribe long-acting opioids. We do not prescribe more than a short-course of short-acting opioids, and in general, we do not refill lost, stolen, or destroyed prescriptions. Review our Opioid Prescription Policy.

Learn more about how HSS is addressing the opioid crisis through policies, guidelines, best practices, education and continuing research.